Top Ten: Rock Star film cameos.
1. Keith Richards – Pirates of The Carribean
This might be a controversial top choice, but you have to give it up to Keith Richards, who plays the awesome character of Captain Teague Sparrow, Johnny Depps dad. Aww. Though you would think his appearance would be more comedic (it’s actually quite dramatic), it’s still bloody good.
2. Alice Cooper – ‘Wayne’s World’
Cooper’s appearance in this classic film comes at a point when the devious Rob Lowe gives Wayne and Garth backstage passes to Cooper’s show. Cooper is decked out in leather and black eye make-up, of course, and drops Native American knowledge on the boys prompting them to respond “we are not worthy.” Hilarious.
3. Billy Idol – The Wedding Singer
How many washed-up 80s rockers get to save the day in a hugely popular romantic comedy? Since Adam Sandler’s ‘The Wedding Singer’ takes place in 1985 but was filmed in 1998, that means Billy Idol was 43 years old playing himself at 29 when he showed up on that fateful plane ride with Sandler and Drew Barrymore. This appearance alone probably upped his nostalgic ‘cool’ factor for a good 5 years or so.
4. Bruce Springsteen, “High Fidelity”
Rob Gordon (John Cusack) is obsessed with music and he can’t seem to take the next step in his adult life. In the movie, Rob has a conversation in his head out loud with the Boss, Bruce Springsteed of course, who shows up strumming a guitar in the studio, to offer some sage advice.. “Thanks, Boss,” he says, saluting after it’s over. It kind of it, but shouldn’t be, as funny as it sounds.
5. Twisted Sister – ‘Pee Wee’s Big Adventure’
Do I really need to say any more? No, but I will. Twisted Sister (flanked by lovely ladies) jack a car and play ‘Burn In Hell’ while Pee Wee Herman whizzes past on a bicycle. The great thing is, it has no connection to the film, and to be truthful, there is no need for the appearance to feature at all. Despite this, it is absolutely brilliant.
6. David Bowie – ‘Zoolander’
Who better to judge an intense walk-off between Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson than ultra-hip and glamorous David Bowie? It’s easily the best scene in the film, seeing bowie accompanied by ‘cool dude’ Billy Zane.
7. Jon Bon Jovi – ‘U-571’
This has to be my favourite cameo on the list, as it is sheer rockin’ genius. One minute Jon’s minding his own business on a ship, the next minute those pesky Germans go and sweep him overboard and he drowns to death. It shouldn’t happen to somebody who’s seen a million faces and rocked them all.
8. Dave Grohl, Meatloaf and Dio – ‘Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny’
This film is already rock and roll enough, but goes one step further, aiding the help of Dave Grohl, Meat Loaf and Dio. Meatloaf plays Jack Black’s rock-hating Dad (obviously), Grohl plays Beelzeboss aka. The Devil and Dio plays, well, Dio. It’s a fantastic performance from a rocking cast.
9. Jack Black – ‘Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy’
Tenacious D’s Jack Black stars in this cult comedy from 2004 as a vengeful biker who gets hit with Will Ferrell’s flying burito, and proceeds to kick his dog from a bridge. A heartfelt, hilarious and classic film moment, that could not be missed from this list.
10. Jack White – ‘Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story’
From Jack Black, to Jack White, who is seen taking up the mantle of Elvis Presley in this 2007 comedy. The White Stripes front man provides a dead-on performance, even grasping Presley’s often inaudible mumble, love of “kur-a-tay” and a massive entourage supported ego. The estranged White shows his funny side, a side no-one knew existed, until now.